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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Studebanglers: 1919

Studebanglers: 1919

The Bay Area circa 1919. "Girls fishing next to Studebaker 'Big Six' touring car." 6.5 x 8.5 glass negative, purchased and scanned by Shorpy, originally from the Wyland Stanley Collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia. View full size.

 

Spit and Polish: 1923

Spit and Polish: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Traffic World office." Tobacco-friendly on both the left and the right. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Newark Luxe: 1944

Newark Luxe: 1944

March 21, 1944. "Newark Athletic Club, Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey. Long shot of lobby. Morris Lapidus, architect." With a nice selection of 25-cent Pocket Books. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

The Club: 1916

The Club: 1916

Circa 1916. "Detroit Athletic Club from the Plaza Hotel." Evidently something of a motorcar magnet. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Nadine: 1952

Nadine: 1952

"Nadine -- April 1952." The newest cast member of Minnesota Kodachromes takes a break against the mandatory multifloral backdrop. View full size.

Municipal Hygiene: 1919

Municipal Hygiene: 1919

        The flushing of streets and sewers by sprinkler trucks was a widespread if not terribly effective public-health measure during the "Spanish influenza" epidemic of the late teens.

San Francisco circa 1919. "Nash Two-Ton Tanker Truck." This begins a new series of photos, scanned by Shorpy from large-format negatives taken by or for Christopher Helin, travel and automotive editor of the San Francisco Examiner from about 1915 to 1930. 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate. View full size.

 

Well Hello, Sailor: 1922

Well Hello, Sailor: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Children at water fountain." Make mine a double, and get the little lady a drink. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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